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The Final Primary Elections: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Delaware, Rhode Island and New York
After weeks of primaries and now just 56 days away from Election Day, it’s time for the final primer for the last primary day of the season. The final states to vote before November are New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Delaware and Rhode Island, with a gubernatorial...
Obama Talks 'Transparency' (The Note)
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES TRANSPARENCY NOW: President Obama said that two National Security Agency programs recently revealed through leaked secret documents were “transparent” and, in an interview with PBS’s Charlie Rose broadcast last night, he dismissed concerns that the ...
Lightning Rod Ex-'Obamacare' Official to Run for Mass. Governor
Donald Berwick, a former controversial figure in the Obama administration who served as the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said he will run for governor of Massachusetts next year. “As a doctor, an educator, an innovator and someone who has dedicated...
PM Note: Comparing Newt and Mitt, Democrats Try Out Newt Talking Points, The Trump Primary and Pelosi’s Secret Trove
There was some name-calling on the campaign trail today: ‘Godfather of Gridlock’ - For the first time, Team Obama set its sights on newly minted Republican front-runner Newt Gingrich. Heretofore they’ve focused almost exclusively on Mitt Romney. “You’re talking about the godfather of gridlock ...
Up to One-Third of Health Spending Is ‘Waste,’ Former CMS Head Tells NYT
There’s an “extremely high level of waste” in federal health spending, ranging between 20 and 30 percent, the freshly departed head of the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services told the New York Times. “Much is done that does not help patients at all,” said...
Medicare to Pay for Obesity Counseling
WASHINGTON -- Medicare will pick up the tab for obesity screening and intensive behavioral counseling, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid announced late Tuesday. CMS, which first floated the obesity coverage plan last September, said it expects more than 30 percent of the Medicare population to
Embattled Obama Medicare Chief Steps Aside
The embattled acting director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Donald Berwick, will step down from his post on Dec. 2 after Republicans succeeded in blocking his confirmation in the Senate, the White House said today. President Obama nominated a new appointee,...
Obama Administration Rejects Indiana’s Ban on Medicaid Funds For Planned Parenthood
The Obama Administration today rejected Indiana’s proposal to ban the use of Medicaid funds at Planned Parenthood clinics. In a letter to Patricia Casanova, director of the state Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning, Dr. Donald Berwick, the administrator of...
HHS Announces Partnership for Patients to Save Lives, Money
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced a national program to help save 63,000 lives and up to $35 billion in health care costs over the next three years by preventing hospital-related injuries . "Americans go the hospital to get well, but millions of patients are
President Obama Begins August Vacation with Recess Appointments
President Obama made four recess appointments today. Likely to cause the most controversy is the recess appointment of Maria del Carmen Aponte to be chief of the U.S. Mission to El Salvador. Her nomination had been held up for more...